I've dreamed about having a place to organize all of the things to help us get out the door on time in the morning. A place to corral homework, shoes, backpacks, instruments, and mittens. While I don't have a big, beautiful mudroom to store all of this stuff, I blogged about turning a small space into a functional "mudroom" here.
I recently made a trip to Ikea and was able to put some of my mudroom plans into action. I have a very unusable, nonfunctional hallway in my house that has been sitting empty.
A few hours of assembly and no we've got this nice little family launch pad.
I put an Expedit on the floor and added black bins. Each child gets an area to store their shoes and other stuff.
That black door heads out into the garage.
I also hung two Expedit units on the wall. I thought they were fine "as is," but my daughter was lured by the shiny mirror doors and requested that we add them. I'm so glad that we did, because now everybody can shove their stuff inside and it still looks neat and organized.
I also hung some filing pockets, also from Ikea. It's called the "Kvissel," in case you're curious. Now, when the kids are looking for important school papers, I just have to say, "Check the Kvissel."
Next up is creating a family calendar. A few weeks ago, I stuck some tape on a white board...just so we could have something!
Soooo embarrassing, I know...but it's working!
I would love to have something like Carmel's:
My walls are super-textured, so I'm not sure this would work very well. I'm thinking I might be able to do something with Washi tape or vinyl.
Does anyone else have an ideas for a cute family calendar?